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The Unpassing Reviews

The Unpassing by Chia-Chia Lin

The Unpassing

Chia-Chia Lin

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1 review

Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 16 Jan 2020
ISBN: 9780349013466

'This brilliant novel is composed of equal parts mystery, menace and ravishment' Garth Greenwell

4 stars out of 5
Jude Cook
14 Mar 2020

"This is powerful family saga, written in lyrical prose"

In a moving scene in which he and his father scatter Ruby’s ashes without his mother’s knowledge, Gavin avoids ‘looking at the coarse pile, at the shards and fragments that tried to announce themselves’. Lin is a superb chronicler of the Alaskan landscape and its ‘19-hour nights’ and ‘ghost forests’, where spruce ‘had guzzled salt water and died. Decades later, the silvery skeletons of those trees still stood’. This stark backdrop mirrors the immigrant experience of isolation. 

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